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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Oglesby, IL

Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Oglesby, IL. If you got hurt through not fault of your own, trust in the compassionate, veteran and dedicated personal injury law firm of Burger Law to stand by your side and secure you full compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight for the vulnerable in Oglesby and throughout Illinois. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or fill out our online form.

There is no doubt that motorcyclists are not given the same respect other vehicles on the Oglesby, IL roads. Driving a motorcycle provides relieves tension and stress and can provide a close sense of camaraderie with other bikers. Unfortunately, there can be a price to pay: all of those freedoms can be taken from you when a thoughtless driver fails to notice you. You should not have to pay for another person's recklessness. At Burger Law, our lawyer for motorcycle accident team stands up to bullies who do not care about the consequences of their thoughtlessness and dubious insurance companies that refuse to hold their policyholders accountable. That is why we work tirelessly investigating claims, standing up in trial and demanding a maximum financial recovery for those harmed by someone else's poor decisions. This injustice needs to be undone, and the Oglesby, IL motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law will ensure that it is. Call us immediately at (314) 500-HURT. You do not owe us a thing until you get your settlement or verdict check.

If another person broke the rules and injured you, find out how much your claim may be worth by using our free personal injury calculator.



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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Oglesby and Illinois?

Even though motorcycles make up barely over half a percent of all vehicle miles traveled in the country, they made up four percent of all injuries and 14 percent of total fatalities in traffic-related accidents in 2020, according to research from the National Safety Council. In the United States, in 2020 there were 82,500 motorcycle accident injuries and 5,579 deaths. In Illinois, of 3,077 motorcycle collisions, 2,404 caused injuries and 152 were fatal, according to the Illinois 2020 Crash Facts and Statistics. Regrettably, over half of those happened when the motorcycle was driving straight, which leads us to believe that the accidents were often due to another driver was not looking out for bikers. Wrecks happen most frequently in urban areas, especially around tolls.

According to research from the Motorcycle Legal Foundation, Illinois is eighth in the country with over 280,000 registered motorcycles, and proportionately was eighth in the country in fatalities in 2017.

Almost half of deadly motorcycle wrecks occur in the in the summer when the weather is nicer, and 50 percent happen on the weekends.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident in Oglesby, IL

A meticulous and talented motorcycle accident lawyer will do what needs to be done when no one else will. From the first time we meet to securing you maximum compensation, your Burger Law motorcycle accident team will:

  • Investigate your case and ascertain which parties are liable for your damages

    We have decades of experience investigating and litigating all types of auto accidents, and know how to determine the causes of accidents. We will obtain every bit of evidence available, including insurance policies, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony and more. Then, we will use our knowledge of accidents and network of crash experts to determine causation and liability.

  • Determine how much your injuries are worth

    Next, we will put a precise dollar amount on all of your medical expenses, lost wages and the way your injuries have emotionally and physically harmed you, and send a settlement letter to the insurance company demanding that you receive all of it. Every claim is different, and your compensation will be based on the severity of your injuries, how much time you lost from work recovering and how the injuries have affected you physically and emotionally. A fair settlement might be $20,000, or it might be in the millions.

  • Keep the insurance company honest

    An insurance adjuster's main interest is to pay you as little money as possible, even nothing. Our Oglesby, IL motorcycle accident lawyers let them know that that is not going to happen. Insurance companies in Oglesby and throughout Illinois know they cannot mess around with us because they know how tough we are. awards, honors and accolades that we have earned over the years are the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and being board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

When you hire Burger Law, we start investigating your accident and communicating with the insurance company without delay and keep fighting until there is nothing left to fight. Consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Oglesby, IL today at (314) 500-HURT to take the first step on your journey to true healing.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Oglesby, IL?

No two crashes are entirely identical, but research reveals some common trends that lead to motorcyclists being injured on the road. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Whatever caused your collision, trust in the Oglesby, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team of Burger Law to carry out an exhaustive investigation and determine exactly whose negligence caused your injuries.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Oglesby, IL

As motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than other motorists, the injuries sustained can often be severe and sometimes result in lifelong disability. While just one in ten people injured in car accidents sustained an A-injury — meaning an injury that prevents you from walking, driving or otherwise participating in activities you used to be capable of — that number jumps up to over a third of motorcycle drivers and passengers, according to data from the Illinois Department or Transportation. Some of the injuries we see most often in motorcycle wrecks include:

Burger Law's Oglesby, IL motorcycle accident lawyers have recovered compensation for people with minor whiplash injuries as well as permanent disabilities like paralysis.

Oglesby, IL Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident: Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our motorcycle accident clients have never had to hire an attorney before and naturally have questions about the motorcycle accident claim process. Below are the answers to many of the questions our clients ask us:

Can I Still Get Compensation if I Was Not Wearing a Helmet?

The National Safety Council approximates that over the course of 15 years in the early 2000s, helmets saved more than 25,000 lives. That is because head injuries account for 41.4 percent of fatal motorcycle injuries.

Persuading people to drive safely is an important part of what we do, and that means wearing appropriate safety gear when riding a motorcycle. However, according to the 2022 Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, there is no law in Illinois that compels motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. That means that there is no basis for blaming you for being negligent under the law. There is no reason for your claim to be affected if you did not wear a helmet.

Will I Have to Go to Court to Get Compensation for My Motorcycle Injuries?

That is incredibly unlikely. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, only three percent of civil lawsuits are resolved by a jury. This is because either the injured party accepts a low settlement without consulting with a lawyer, or because they hire a motorcycle accident lawyer who knows how to fight back against a resistant insurance company and get them the compensation they deserve.

Can I Still Recover if I Was Injured by an Emergency Fall?

In most cases, you can still obtain a recovery even if another driver did not directly hit you. In order to prove negligence in a personal injury claim, you need to show that the other driver did something wrong that caused your injuries. So if you had no choice but to try an emergency maneuver after someone was driving erratically, you you still deserve compensation because their negligence caused your injuries.

How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Motorcycle injuries happen in the blink of an eye, and the economic burden of medical bills and lost wages is often immediately severe. That is why our Oglesby, IL motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means we take a percentage of your final compensation as our fees. You pay nothing upfront. Beyond easier access to quality legal representation, there are two other benefits for you:

  1. We will only agree to take on your case if we truly believe in its merits and that we can add significant value to it.
  2. You can trust that we are not inflating our earnings with busy work.

At Burger Law, our Oglesby, IL motorcycle crash lawyers will only take on your case if it is in your best interest.

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Will I Just End Up Losing Out on Money if I Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Insurance companies love telling injured people that an attorney is not in their best interest. If your injury only required a quick trip to the emergency room it is true that we may not be able to add much value to your claim, with more severe injuries that have higher damages, you will almost certainly get get a higher payout if you hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.

According to the study "Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims" from the Insurance Research Council, people who hire an attorney for an auto accident receive three and half times more money than people who do not, even after the contingency fee has been paid. The same research also determined that people who hire a motorcycle accident lawyer are more likely to get. According to respondents in a different survey over nine in 10 respondents with an attorney received a payout, compared to barely over half of people without a lawyer.

What Other Parties Can I Hold Liable for My Injuries?

That depends on the specifics of your accident, but it is very possible that after looking extensively into your case your motorcycle accident lawyer will conclude that there are other parties you can make a claim against:

  • You can make a product liability claim against a car or motorcycle manufacturer if a defective product such as faulty ignition switches contributed to your injuries.
  • A business can be held liable for your injuries if they were caused by bus accident, truck accident or rideshare accident.
  • A government entity if problems with the design and/or maintenance of a road caused your accident.
  • A construction company if you were injured in a construction site if they were negligent in not exposing civilians to unreasonable risk harm.

Making a claim against a driver is much different than filing one against a business, so it is crucial to hire a lawyer for motorcycle accident who knows Illinois statutes and who has won all of these types of cases before. For example, there are special restrictions regarding who you can sue in the government and how long you have to sue them.

Can I Still Make a Recovery for My Motorcycle Accident if I Am Partially Responsible?

With the help of an aggressive attorney, yes. If someone else caused the accident, you may still bear some responsibility for your injuries if you did not follow certain safety protocols. Illinois is what is known as a "modified comparative fault" state. That means you will only be compensated for the part of accident that liable party is responsible for. For example, if a mediator determines your injuries are worth $100,000 but that you are 20 percent to to blame for your injuries, you would receive $80,000.

It is important to note that according to 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you are barred from receiving compensation if the accident was more than half your fault.

What Is Included in the Financial Recovery for My Oglesby, IL Motorcycle Accident?

The idea of "being made whole again" is meant to compensate you for more than just being in pain and recovery. There are also hospital bills, lost wages, possibly disfigurement and mental burdens as well. You will receive a financial recovery for two types of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are all the money you either spent or lost because of your injuries. That includes any medical expenses like emergency room visits, physical therapy, crutches and more. It also includes any money you lost from not being able to perform the tasks of your job for a period because of your injuries. In severe cases, your finances may be impacted in the future as well. For example, if you can only safely work 20 hours a week now, or if you need vehicle or home modifications that will have to be replaced in the future. In those cases we work with our network of economic experts to adjust for inflation and rising costs of medical care.

Economic damages also provide reimbursement for general expenses such as having to hire a nanny to take care of your kids while you recover.

Noneconomic damages are less tangible, but basically they are intended to compensate you for physical, emotional and mental hardships your injuries have caused. This can be anything from the physical pain and suffering you feel to not being able to enjoy your favorite activities like you used to. If you used to draw as a favorite hobby but now cannot hold your hand still, Burger Law's Oglesby, IL motorcycle accident lawyers will make sure you are compensated for that.

Our motorcycle crash and personal injury lawyers take on numerous types of claims, including:

Oglesby, IL Motorcycle Safety Tips

The inherent danger of a motorcycle is a counterweight to the exhilaration they instill. It is important to never underestimate how dangerous road hazards and other drivers are to you. The best ways to reduce the risk of accident and injury is by:

  • Taking a safety course — A safety course will instill in you how to use good judgment on a motorcycle. There are also more advanced courses with advanced turning and emergency braking techniques.
  • Planning for the weather — Inclement weather both makes your bike less stable and reduces visibility for you and other drivers.
  • Not forgetting about safety equipment — If a crash is unavoidable, safety equipment such as helmets and boots specifically designed for motorcyclists go a long way in avoiding more severe injuries.
  • Following traffic laws — While it is natural to want to stretch your freedom, the rules are in place for a reason. Avoid weaving in between cars, drive the speed limit and make sure you are following the regulations set out in 625 ILCS 5/11.
  • Ensuring you are visible — Illinois law requires motorcyclists to have their headlights on at all times. Having a bike and equipment with visibility stripes will ensure you can be seen at night.
  • Riding defensively — Motorcyclists are often unseen on the road, and beyond the dangers of road hazards, some motorists are even aggressive towards them. Prioritize your safety at all times and do not assume that others see you or are looking out for your safety.

Of course, do everything right and still pay the price when someone else breaks the rules of the road. That is when Burger Law steps in. Contact a motorcycle crash lawyer in Oglesby, IL now at (314) 500-HURT to get the best possible results in your claim.

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Lawyer for Motorcycle Accident Chicago, Illinois | Burger Law

In our three decades years of experience, we have represented hundreds of clients in Oglesby and throughout Illinois. We know all to well the devastation reckless drivers can cause for motorcyclists who were simply trying to express their freedom to enjoy and share the road. This too shall pass. With the help of Burger Law's Oglesby, IL lawyer for motorcycle accident team, you will get the full compensation you need to truly recover and be made whole again. We are the most- and highest-rated personal injury law firm in the Midwest for a reason: we do not back down. Speak directly to a talented motorcycle accident lawyer in Oglesby, IL immediately at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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